The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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November 18, 2013

Four face charges in MSU incident

Two suspects charged, two others at large Monday

MANKATO — An incident that prompted a "shelter in place" warning on the Minnesota State University campus Friday allegedly resulted from a marijuana deal that went bad the night before.

A man who was cut by a knife during a struggle in an MSU dorm room Friday had stolen marijuana from one of at least two men who barged into the room around 3 p.m. Friday, according to criminal complaints filed in Blue Earth County District Court. The two men who have been charged with breaking into the room and assaulting the victim both told police the victim pulled the knife and was cut while one of the men attempted to take it away.

The man who was cut, 18-year-old Kjontra Dupre Diamond of Coon Rapids, was with his girlfriend, 18-year-old Jamie Elizabeth Beck of Blaine, when the men broke into Beck's dorm room in the G wing of the McElroy Residence Community. Beck is a student at the university. Diamond is not enrolled at MSU.

The men accused of breaking into the room are 22-year-old David Mulbah Swaray of Mankato, a building services employee at the university, and 18-year-old Brandon Jonathan Brown, an MSU student living in the Crawford Residence Community dormitory.

Officials at the university issued the "shelter in place" warning to students at about 3:30 p.m. after word of the assault spread and police reported the suspects had not been arrested. That warning was lifted at about 5 p.m.

Investigators interviewed Beck and Diamond shortly after the incident was reported. Diamond, who had a large cut on his hand, repeatedly told a police officer he didn't know the men who attacked him, the complaints said. Beck told a detective that a group of men she didn't know broke into her room and the "leader" attacked her and Diamond. She also reported the men took her $500 laptop computer.

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